- The Woman in the Window
- by A.J. Finn
One of the most suspenseful psychological thrillers I've ever read. I can't say too much without spoilers... But the way Finn crafts the characters and the plot lines is amazing.
There are twists. Yes, plural. I'm counting three. The madness of the character(s), whether by fault or not, is never not-believable.
I felt like I was also looking through the window, sometimes at the window looking out and sometimes looking in.
The approach to different mental diagnosis is excellent. You feel as if you are watching the character(s) suffer but there is nothing anyone can do to stop the train from going off the tracks. Then the train skips on to the next track and keeps going before it's about to derail again.
The scenes were set with so much description (but not like a listing of characteristics but by the genius of this writer) that I can "see" the house, the other homes, the coffee shop, the mountain. And I love hearing both what others hear as well as what the main character actually thinks while she's answering questions with both what she thinks. And then what she actually responds with.
And, lastly, I was terrified the last 50 pages or so of the book. I mean I was afraid to turn the page. The suspense was incredible. I both feared but wanted to see our girl come through even though there was no way that would be able to happen. I know this, but I still had to read each detail. There were parts I skipped and had to come back to after I'd gone a few more pages because I didn't want to happen what was clearly coming down.
Enough said - it is tough to write a review when it's too hard to write it without spoilers.
A.J. Finn, PLEASE write more!!
Bottom line - the book is worth all the hype!